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Kenwood Excelon KDC-X492

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by Robert Ferency-Viars
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Why replace your factory radio?

Two good reasons - sound quality and cool features. A new car stereo offers power that's superior to most factory radios, along with more sophisticated tone controls. And most car stereos offer built-in or optional features that add safety and fun to life in your car, including inputs for your iPod or MP3 player, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free cell phone calls, satellite radio or HD Radio reception, and connections for building an audio system in your car.

Listen to your favorite music source brought to life by the premium sound and quality of a Kenwood Excelon car stereo. The KDC-X492 CD receiver features a front-panel USB input for connecting and controlling your iPod® or other USB portable music device, while a front-panel auxiliary input offers a quick way to hook up your other audio sources. This versatile stereo also plays anything from your CD collection, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files.

Six preset tone curves give you quick overall sound changes, while a 3-band parametric equalizer offers ultra-fine adjustment of the bass, midrange, and treble. You can manage your bass settings with the built-in subwoofer controls, and you can use the high- and low-pass filters to adjust the frequencies going to your various speakers for optimum performance from your system.

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Three sets of preamp outputs make it easier to connect and control a full-blown system of amplifiers and subwoofers. Add any of Kenwood's peripheral gear, including a CD changer or satellite radio; the optional Bluetooth® adapter brings you the safety and convenience of hands-free calling with your compatible cell phone.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.

Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD player with built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files (will not play rights-protected music files on disc)
    • detachable face
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • System Q EX Sound Control (6 EQ curves and a 3-band parametric equalizer)
    • "Supreme" audio processing for better sound from your compressed music files
    • speaker settings that let you tailor the sound to the size and type of speakers in your car
    • high-pass filters for front and rear speaker and preamp outputs, low-pass filter for subwoofer output
    Expandability:
    • iPod direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optional connecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • compatible with Kenwood's satellite radio, CD changer, Bluetooth adapter and HD Radio™ tuner
    • inputs: front USB and auxiliary inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel 4-volt preamp outputs (front, rear, subwoofer)
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    Other features and specs:

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant No
    RMS Power Output 22 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Display Color Blue
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Yes
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front and Optional Rear
    USB Input Front
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready Both
    HD Radio Optional
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size ---
    Nano ---
    Touch ---
    Mini ---
    iPhone ---
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No
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    What's in the box?

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    • AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA/AAC/USB receiver with 10-amp fuse inserted into the chassis
    • Face
    • Sleeve
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • RC-547 Wireless remote
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • Soft fabric face pouch
    • 2 Removal tools
    • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • Instruction Manual (English/ Spanish/ French)
    • Warranty Card
    • "Attention" note

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    Features
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    Features

    Overview: The Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X492 AM/FM CD receiver features a detachable face, front auxiliary and USB input, three pairs of 4-volt preamp outputs, CD changer and Satellite radio controls and built-in iPod operation, as well as MP3/WMA/ACC playback. The unit also supports Bluetooth via an optional adapter sold separately. In addition, the CD player comes with an IR wireless remote control. The unit's amplifier is rated at 22 watts x 4 channel RMS and 50 watts x 4 channel peak.

    Detachable Face: The unit features a single front loading CD face that detaches from the chassis to deter theft. The CD player comes supplied with a soft black fabric, draw string face case to protect the detachable face when you have it off the chassis.

    AAC/MP3/WMA Playback: The KDC-X492 can play MP3, WMA and AAC files with ID3 tag information recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo and Long file name formats. Each disc should have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 100 folders, and 500 files. During MP3/WMA/AAC playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag (Ver.1) information. The headunit will display up to 30 characters.

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood KDC-X492 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.

    Supreme Setting: When MP3, WMA or AAC files encoded at a low bit rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Supreme Setting function restores their high frequencies so the sound quality is closer to files encoded at a high bit rate. The processing is optimized for the compression format and the bit rate used. When the Supreme Setting is Off, the unit plays the original sound stored in the audio file.

    AUX Input: The KDC-X492 is equipped with a front panel 3.5mm minijack auxiliary input for connecting external portable audio devices such as an MP3 player or Tape walkman.

    Auxiliary Display: The KDC-X492 allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video or TV.

    Dual Zone: The Dual Zone mode allows you to output the Main source and the Auxiliary input separately for the front and rear channels. You can select whether the auxiliary input will play in the front or the rear.

    3-Sets of 4V Preamp Outputs: The KDC-X492 features front, rear and subwoofer 4V preamp outputs. The Subwoofer preamp output can be turned On or Off and adjusted independently. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The front, rear and subwoofer preamp outputs are fixed to the rear chassis of the headunit.

    Front and Rear High-Pass Filter: The KDC-X492 features an independent High-Pass Crossover for the front and rear channels when your front and rear speakers are connected by the unit's speaker-outputs or preamp-outputs. You can adjust the high-pass crossover from through, 40, 60, 80, 100, 120, 150, or 180, 220Hz. The "Through" selection is a full-range setting. This feature is very helpful when you have smaller-type speakers in the front and larger-type speakers installed in the rear of the vehicle.

    Low-Pass Filter: The receiver features a built-in Low Pass Filter control for the preamp-output when the Subwoofer Output is "on". You can select from 50, 60, 80, 100,120Hz or Through. The "Through" setting allows your external amplifier's crossover network to do all the filtering for your subwoofer.

    Subwoofer Level: Once you have switched the Subwoofer Output to "on" you can independently control the subwoofer preamp output level from the CD receiver. You select levels between -15 to +15.

    Subwoofer Phase: You can adjust the phase of the subwoofer output between 180-degrees (Reverse) or 0-degrees (Normal).

    Rotary Volume Control: The CD receiver uses a 7-way rotary volume control that increases and decreases the volume of the stereo from 0 to 35. The rotary knob also controls other audio settings such as Bass, Treble and preset EQ settings.

    Speaker Settings: The Speaker Setting function tailors the System Q Sound Control settings according to the type of speakers in your vehicle. You may select a Speaker Setting of "SP Off" (flat), "SP OEM" (for OEM factory speaker systems), "SP 6x9/6" (for systems with 6" and 6"x9" speakers), or "SP 5/4" (for systems with 4" and 5" speakers).

    Note: The Speaker Setting affects the bass, midrange, and treble values of the System Q presets. The speaker setting should be selected first.

    System Q Sound Control: Six EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music. Each preset has its own level settings for bass (100Hz), midrange (1kHz), and treble (10kHz). The 6 preset curves with their respective bass, mid, and treble levels are as follows:

    • Rock: Bass +6, Mid +1, Treble +2
    • Pops: Bass +3, Mid +2, Treble +6
    • Easy: Bass +6, Mid 0, Treble -2
    • Top 40: Bass +3, Mid +1, Treble +8
    • Jazz: Bass +5, Mid +2, Treble +2
    • Natural (Flat): Bass 0, Mid 0, Treble 0

    Note: The above values reflect the System Q settings when the Speaker Setting function is turned off. When the Speaker Settings are selected, the System Q level settings are different.

    Detail Audio Control: The KDC-X492 features independent Bass, Treble and Midrange control. The Detail Audio Control allows you to adjust the following settings for the Bass, Treble and Mid frequency levels.

    • Bass:
      • Frequency: 40/50/60/70/80/100/120/150 Hz
      • Q-Factor: 1.00/1.25/1.50/2.00
      • Bass Extend: On/Off (when this feature is set to "On", the low frequency response is extended by 20%)
      • Level: -8 to +8
    • Mid:
      • Frequency: 0.5/1.0/1.5/2.0 kHz
      • Q-Factor: 1.0/2.0
      • Level: - 8 to +8
    • Treble:
      • Frequency: 10/12.5/15.0/17.5 kHz
      • Level: -8 to +8

    Loudness: The Loudness feature compensates for low and high tones during low volume. You can turn this feature either on or off. Only the low tone is compensated for when the tuner is selected as a source.

    Volume Offset: The level of each source may be independently adjusted to prevent radical leaps in output volume when switching from one source to another. The available settings range from -8 to 0.

    Source Tone Memory: This feature allows you to store System Q bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (CD, FM, AM and Aux).

    Text/Title Scroll: The KDC-X492 will display CD text, Audio file text and Satellite and HD radio text. You can turn the scrolling feature "on" to scroll longer titles across the screen.

    Last Position Memory: If the unit is shut off or switched to the tuner mode while a CD is playing, the next time CD is selected as the source, playback will resume from the point where it left off.

    CD Force: When there is a problem with playing a CD with a special format, this setting plays the CD by force. Some CDs still may not play in the CD Force mode.

    CR-2 Advanced Tuner: This unit uses Kenwood's CR-2 Advanced tuner for clear radio reception. You can choose one of three tuning modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual.

    Auto Memory Tuning: Not only does the CD receiver's tuner allow you manually enter your desired presets you can choose to have the unit automatically put stations with good reception in the memory banks automatically; this is a handy feature when traveling. The tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank. You can store 6 presets for each AM/FM bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets.

    Clean Reception System Circuit (CRSC): This circuit controls multi-path distortion by reducing stereo separation. As stereo separation is reduced, multi-path has less effect on the radio signal, improving reception in areas with tall buildings and mountains. The CRSC circuit can be turned on or off.

    Tel Mute: The KDC-X492 features a cell-phone mute wire (brown) in its harness that when hooked up to your car's phone system mute wire will automatically mute the receiver's audio signal when a call comes in.

    Security Code: You can enter a 4-digit security code which must be used when the unit is removed from the vehicle, or the constant power source is disconnected from the unit. When constant power is restored to the unit, the security code must be entered before the unit becomes operational.

    FL Display: The unit features a large 14-segment Fluorescent display that uses a black background and blue characters that are easy to read.

    Display Illumination/Clock Display: When the unit is in Standby mode, the face/button illumination is "keyed." In addition, while the unit is in Standby mode, you can turn the clock display on or off. When the Clock Display is turned on and the unit is in Standby mode, the Clock Display is also "keyed." Pressing and holding the source button turns the unit off completely.

    Display Illumination Control: This function turns off the display when have not performed an operation for 5 seconds. This is effective for when you are driving at night.

    Dimmer: The dimmer function will dim this unit's display automatically when the vehicle light switch is turned On when you connect orange/white Illumination wire of this player.

    Remote Control: The KDC-X492 comes with the RC-547 IR wireless remote control with a full numeric keypad. The remote will control Audio, CD, Tuner, Satellite Radio, and Dual Zone functions. It is powered by 2 "AA" batteries (supplied). The dimensions of the remote are: L = 5.362", W = 1.962", D = 1.115".

    Attenuator: The CD receiver features an Attenuator button on the supplied remote control that turns the volume down very quickly with one touch of the button.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The KDC-X492 has a "steering remote control" lead on the back panel. When used with the optional SWI-JACK interface (item number 127SWIJACK), you can retain the use of your steering wheel and/or rear seat radio controls when replacing the factory head unit in select vehicles. The SWI-JACK is compatible with over 95% of the vehicles made from 1986 to the present. Compatible vehicles include many Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volkswagen vehicles and Harley Davidson motorcycles. Please consult "What Fits My Car" to see if your vehicle is compatible.

    External Device Controls

    USB Port: The Kenwood KDC-X492 features a front panel 2.0 USB type-A port that is hidden behind a sliding cover. The USB port enables connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class device. The USB port is compatible with all USB mass storage class devices that support the FAT16 or FAT32 file system. When your USB device is connected to this unit, it can be charged up provided that the KDC-X492 is powered on.

    Note: You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

    iPod High-Speed Connection: The KDC-X492's front-panel USB port also acts as an iPod high-speed direct connection when used with the optional Kenwood USB Direct Connection Cable (113iP101, sold separately) or the USB/iPod cable that comes with your iPod. Using either cable allows you to connect, control, and charge select iPod models with the KDC-X492. The USB connection allows your iPod's large music libraries to be loaded instantly to the headunit and sound quality to be maximized through the headunit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to105dB.When your iPod is connected to the KDC-X492, you can choose to operate your iPod via the Kenwood headunit's controls or your iPod's click-wheel/touch-screen.  If you select to control your iPod from the KDC-X492, the Kenwood headunit will allow you to navigate your iPod's music by Playlist, Artists, Album, Genre, Composer, Song, or Podcast (your iPod's click-wheel/touch-screen will be locked in this mode). You can search these categories alphabetically or using a percentage search (0.5%, 1%, 5%, 10%). You can also choose to listen to all songs stored on your iPod at random. The KDC-X492 will also display your iPod's music file information when in this mode. If you choose to operate your connected iPod via its click-wheel/touch-screen controls, the KDC-X492 will not display your iPod's music information (the headunit will instead display "iPodMODE") and the Kenwood headunit's controls will no longer operate your iPod. The Kenwood KDC-X492 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of Nov. 2009):

    iPod/iPhone Model Media Type  Control Display Charge
    Audio Video Unit iPod Song/Artist Track
    iPod w/ dock-connector (3rd gen.) N N N N N N N
    iPod w/ click-wheel or color-display (4th gen.) N N N N N N N
    iPod mini (1st/2nd gen.) N N N N N N N
    iPod video (5th gen.) Y N Y N Y Y Y
    iPod classic (80/120/160 GB) Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    iPod nano 1st gen. Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd gen. Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd gen. Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th gen. Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5th gen. Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    iPod touch 1st gen. Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd gen. Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd gen. Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3G Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS Y N Y Y Y Y Y

    Note: Apple firmware updates may change functionality results.

    Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:

    • XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional CNP2000UC XM Mini Tuner and the CNP-KEN1 Kenwood adapter cable (package item number 700XMKEN1).
    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SIRIUS Universal Vehicle Tuner (607SCC1) and the optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface (113KCASR50).
    • Auxiliary Input: A portable satellite radio receiver, such as the Delphi SkyFi3 or SIRIUS Sportster, can be connected to the head unit via the auxiliary input or a Kenwood Auxiliary Input Adapter, such as the CA-C1AX, CA-C2AX, or KCA-S220A.

      Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.

    HD Radio Ready: With an optional Kenwood HD Radio tuner (item # 113KTCHR20), you will be able to receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. This new technology will significantly improve audio quality and reception, as well as include information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display.

    Bluetooth Ready: The unit is also Bluetooth compatible using the optional Kenwood KCA-BT200 Bluetooth adapter. Using this adapter you can make and answer phone calls from the Kenwood headunit. You can even download your Phonebook information from your compatible mobile phone into the headunit. You are able to register up to five compatible Bluetooth cell phones when using the KCA-BT200 adapter. Visit http://www.kenwood.com/bt/information/ for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Changer Controls: This unit is directly compatible with Kenwood changers manufactured in 1998 or later. If the changer has an O-N switch, the switch will need to be set to the "N" position. In addition to basic disc navigation features, this unit has the following changer controls: direct disc access (using the remote), direct track access (using the remote), track intro scan, track repeat, disc repeat, disc random, and magazine disc random. When connected to a CD Text capable CD changer or an MD changer, this unit can display disc and track titles for discs encoded with disc and track title information. The text information can be scrolled manually or automatically.

    Additional/Optional Rear Auxiliary Input: The unit already features a rear panel auxiliary input, but if you need a second auxiliary input, another one can be added to the rear of the unit. When used with an optional adapter, this unit can accept a rear input from an auxiliary source. When the CA-C1AUX adapter (item 113CAC1AX) is used, you cannot connect a CD changer to the head unit because the adapter plugs into the DIN changer control connection on the head unit. When the KCA-S220A 2-changer switch (item 113KCAS220) is used, you can connect a CD changer and an auxiliary audio source at the same time. When an auxiliary audio source is connected, you can choose from one of six names for the source: Aux Ext, TV, DVD, Video, Game, or Portable.

     
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    5 out of 5

    Nicolai

    Written By Perry, Norman, OK. on Monday, January 26, 2009
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    This unit Rocked my car! I love the sound quality and that I can push it to the limits and it only starts to get warmed up. It is a very versatile lots of ways to expand the total car audio experience. Kenwood lives up to its reputation!
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    3 out of 5

    Good overall

    Written By Donny, Muscle Shoals, AL on Wednesday, January 21, 2009
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    I have had several Kenwood decks, and this is one of the better one's. As always, Kenwood makes an exceptional quality product that has plenty of power and stands up to the test of time. The only issue I have with Kenwood is finding and setting things through the menu. If it were easier to adjust menu fetures, or actually find them, then this unit would rate world class in my opinion.
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    3 out of 5

    It could be better

    Written By Nam, Alabama on Sunday, December 21, 2008
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    This deck has a lot of nice features. However I found it very difficult to navigate the menus. I could not even find out how to access some of the menu features. I am no novice to car stereos and this one really bites in terms of user friendly. The joystick knob is also too sensitive. The amp although it says 22rms you have to turn the volume up to 25 for any real volume the kicker is 35 is as high as it will go. so if you buy this deck add a amp to it. You will not be able to see anything on display in the sunlight. I wound up returning it for the new sony with the same features for $20 less and did not regret doing so.
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    5 out of 5

    Stop whining!

    Written By Civicrunner07, Louisville KY on Sunday, December 21, 2008
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    Ok, So I just put this unit in my girlfriend's 00 accord, After reading the reviews I was a bit apprehensive about getting it because alot of people were complaining about things. Installation took maybe an hour or two.. mind you I put it in my girlfriends car.. after setting everything up, it worked fine, I mean it is a bit frustrating having to use the single knob rather than the two that I have on my KDC-X791 but it was not hard at all to figure out, just start pressing buttons and you will figure it out eventually. Good unit for the price, has all of the essentials for an audio system (3 sets of pre amp outputs, high pass filters, and equalizer) nothing fancy about it as far as display goes, kudos crutchfield for the installation equipment, Great unit for the money. would recommend to anyone. Only problem that I had was the bottom of the assembly bowed a bit.. Not that bad though. Also look at the KDC-x692 another solid unit.
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    4 out of 5

    My first radio installation in many years!

    Written By Guatiao, Puerto Rico on Tuesday, December 16, 2008
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    I finally decided to upgrade the whole stereo system of my '05 Impreza RS with this radio and 2 pairs of Kenwood speakers. I don't know how I could
    stand 3 years using the OEM system!!!

    Installation was easy, and as usual, Crutchfield supplies EVERYTHING you need to make installation a painless procedure.

    On to the radio itself. It sounds great!!!! The level of detail, the clarity of the sound, and the punch the music has now makes for a much better daily commute! I have to agree with other reviewers concerning the brightness of the display and the control know ring. being able to dim it would make the radio much less visually distracting. Overall, the controls are not that hard to use, but the multi-way control know does take some time to get used to and to learn how it controls which feature. Having both the auxiliary and USB inputs in the front is for me a nice feature.

    The two pairs of Kenwood speakers I bought produce very neat and detailed sound. Installation was also easy. They do not produce as much bass as I would like, though.

    Overall, a very nice radio that I look forward to enjoy and upgrade!!
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    3 out of 5

    Not bad, just not for me.

    Written By Dave, Forest, VA on Monday, November 24, 2008
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    As always, using the Crutchfield provided install kit made the job quick and painless.

    Sitting down low in my Honda Accord Dash, the top of the display is cut off from view. The light around the Knob, Aux, and USB port, is much to thick and too bright; an option to turn it off would be nice. Much less

    Poorly designed layout with the Source button second from the left in the bottom row of buttons.

    Love the USB connection.
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    5 out of 5

    great product but......

    Written By Jim, naples fl on Monday, November 24, 2008
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    i love kenwood products but this radio has alot of features that take too long to access (2 many steps) and the light is way too bright and the manual sucks but it is a great radio!!!
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    4 out of 5

    keep the instruction handy

    Written By Anonymous, chicago, Il. on Saturday, November 22, 2008
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    The installation was a breeze in to my 95 neon. I needed to refer several times to the instructions to navigate to all the different settings. Instructions could have been explained a little better.
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X492

    Written By John, Marietta, GA on Friday, November 07, 2008
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    The radio was replacing another Kenwood that I bought from Crutchfield back in 1997.

    From what I've figured out so far, it works great. I'd like better sound out put when I connect up my XM Radio receiver as I have to turn up the volume to hear it.
    The instruction book could be a lot better, as I have had problems figuring out how some feature work with the radio. Still working on it.

    The blue light coming off the radio face is very distracting and there isn't a way to dim it, even through the truck's dimmer control.

    I had a question, called customer service but didn't get an answer because I think the adviser just didn't know? So, I had to contact Kenwood direct.

    I would recommend this radio.
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    4 out of 5

    Easy Install, Great Features

    Written By Bryan, Greater Hartford, CT on Thursday, November 06, 2008
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    It took me about 10 painless minutes to wire up the harness. And possibly 20 minutes to remove the OEM stereo and install the new one. The installation kit I received from Crutchfield was perfect and included everything I needed for an easy install. Even my friend who watched (a former mechanic who also installed his share of stereos in his day) was amazed at how quick and easy it went.

    Now- to the stereo itself. I bought this for the front USB as to use thumbdrives full of MP3s. Being in a cover band, I need to listen to a lot of different music and focus on a few tracks that I'm currently learning. Putting something on a USB Flash drive is just so much easier than burning a few mix CDs every month- which also tend to skip.

    The unit sounds great and I love the features. The only negative I can come up with is that it's fairly annoying to flip through the folders on the Flash drive. It's all done by that main knob, and who knows when to push, twist, or press up, down, left, or right. It's just going to take some getting used to. Seeing as this was the main reason for buying the stereo, I have to take off 1 star for that. Otherwise, I love it!
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    5 out of 5

    My 2cents

    Written By mike, ST. Elmo Il on Wednesday, November 05, 2008
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    Im not a electronics expert.My main brand is alpine.I have owned a few kenwood and pioneer systems.The kenwood has surprised me.My opinion for the money its a good buy.The people at crutchfield treated me good .Thumbs up to them!
    A big thanks!
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    4 out of 5

    No surprises

    Written By Joe, Clawson, MI on Tuesday, November 04, 2008
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    IPOD sounds great through the USB port. The control to scroll through the IPOD menu is pretty slow as the others have noted. One thing that I noticed is that it is very difficult to see the display as you scroll through the IPOD menu while driving because your hand hides the small display. It would be nice if the dial was on the right side of the unit instead of the left.
    Also, very small buttons! Pretty cool to play music from a thumb drive!
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    4 out of 5

    Very Easy Install

    Written By Steveflier, Allen, TX on Saturday, November 01, 2008
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    This was an easy install. The harness adapter took a little time to solder to existing wires, but overall a very easy install.
    The system sounds great. The Kenwood head unit is a little complex for some novices, but after you get used to the controls - it's all good.
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    5 out of 5

    Best head unit I've purchase yet.

    Written By warobert, Hollis, NY on Thursday, October 30, 2008
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    When I installed this head unit in my 98 Ml320, it brought my OEM speakers to life. The front speaks were great but I never knew the rear passenger speakers work until I installed this unit. The USB port on it makes it awesome to use. The colors look nice in the dark. The remote control is also a bonus as well. You cannot go wrong if you get this unit and Crutchfield's instruction had me install this in 20 minutes.
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    4 out of 5

    Nice Unit, Easy install

    Written By Mark, Michigan on Wednesday, October 29, 2008
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    I have always liked the way Kenwood products sound. This has plenty of power and good sound just going through my factory speakers. Installed it
    in about 20min. The USB plug on the face is great. It will charge the IPod just as though it were connected to your PC. It may take a little bit to get
    used to the IPOD controls, however, because when the IPOD is connected, the receiver controls the IPOD. However, the only reason I gave it 4 stars
    instead of 5 is that when controlling your IPOD- when choosing an artist that may start with a "T", and then you want to choose an artist that starts with an "S" and so on, you must begin right from "A" or the first artist on your IPOD(instead of just going back from "T") If your IPOD is set to shuffle prior to connection, you cannot choose Artist, or playlist, etc.

    Besides this, it is a great unit, plenty of power and the sound adjustments are endless.
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    4 out of 5

    Excellent Product

    Written By Aaron, Portland, OR on Wednesday, October 22, 2008
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    I have always been happy with Kenwood receivers from the great sound and functionality but having the USB port in front really makes my car audio experience. Once I figured out how to get to the playlists, I was set. No more fiddling with the ipod while driving.

    My only complaint is that you can't access the iPod menu unless you take it off shuffle and I think it would be best if you can hit the JOG key (which accesses the iPod menu) from the remote. Otherwise, I'm very happy with it.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X492

    Written By Derek, Greenwood, IN on Monday, October 20, 2008
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    Okay, lets start out by saying crutchfield is amazing. I could have bought this for much cheaper on other websites, but when i called crutchfield to get advise on the product, they were so helpful i decided to buy from them.
    The Head Unit is amazing. My favorite feature is the USB input. I absolutely love the feature. No more changing CD's. My only complaint would be the navigation dial. It really takes a long time to get used to. If you are patient, you will learn to live with it. I have a 2002 Chevy Cavalier ls sedan and crutchfield told me it would not fit, but told me if i bought it i could return it no questions asked. so i purchased it and man did it fit well. To sum it up, stop looking and just buy this head unit. I promise you will not be disappointed!
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    4 out of 5

    Nice Stereo

    Written By Clinton, PA on Monday, October 20, 2008
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    Nice stereo.. A lot of different options to configure.. Only things I disliked about it was the navigation through the options.. Its hard to catch on to.. The other thing is when I plugged my MP3 player into it. It cant read the folder structure. Good sound quality though.. Cant really beat it for the price.
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X492

    Written By Miles, Roanoke VA on Saturday, October 18, 2008
     
    I bought this as a replacement for an old sony that I had in the vehicle for several years. I was very pleased with the features and the sound that I got from this unit paired with new speakers. Nice unit .....
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    2 out of 5

    dissapointing disaster

    Written By kevin, philly on Saturday, October 18, 2008
     
    on paper this deck looks like a no brainer. but after installing two of these units i'm quite disgusted. the first one was a refurbished job that had to be returned for a defective cd player and a usb port that was problematic. now i'm on my second unit. this time a new one. well, the saga continues with uncooperative functions. ive never been more frustrated with the controls on a receiver. in fact, this thing can be downright dangerous. with that big goofy toggle knob. i find myself swerving off the road messing around with it.bouncy roads do not help the poor design. can be quite nerve racking. the knob controls just about everything, yet is very clumsy. i find myself complaining about the operation of all features. it is very difficult to access any of the features without upsetting any of the others while driving. the owners manual is also equally as bad, very uninformative and confusing. this usb port on the new one is also indecisive sometimes not reading my mp3 player, only when it wants to. iwill be returning this one as well. on a positive note this unit has great sound quality when you can get it to play. i just think they put too many features in a money saving sloppy ergonomic package. always used alpines in the past and now i know why. the service from crutchfield has been helpful just wish i could get a deck that works propperly. any suggestions? it does sound good though just not user friendly.
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    4 out of 5

    Great receiver

    Written By Michael, Urbana, IL on Tuesday, October 14, 2008
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    Of course this blows away the stock radio in my 2002 Saturn SL1. The front USB port was the deciding factor. It plays music from my thumb drives and my MP3 player. Tons of preouts, HD radio and sat ready. As another reviewer said, you cant see the clock and the freq/song title at the same time. Not a big deal. Very nice recevier for the money.
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    4 out of 5

    Great value!

    Written By John, Owensboro, KY on Thursday, October 09, 2008
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    Great features, moderate price, easy to operate. Great iPod hookup. No complaints at all! I'd highly recommend this as a NICE starter unit.
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon

    Written By Mando, Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday, October 08, 2008
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    I just want to say I'm happy with this receiver, love the way it works my i-pod, sounds great with the factory speakers. one down side is not being able to have the song name and the clock at the same time, I can live with that. I will buy again from Crutchfield!
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    3 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X492

    Written By Jerry, Jeffersonville, IN on Wednesday, October 08, 2008
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    I purchased the unit as a replacement for the stock AM/FM Cassette radio. I am pleased with the power and clarity of sound. The unit is cumbersome to navigate to the units functions. I have been dissappointed with the Joy-Stick type control for volumn and other functions. This being installed in a truck, sometimes you aren't real steady and this sometimes causes problems just trying to change the volumn. I have previously purchased Pioneer and wish I had purchase one this time!
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    4 out of 5

    GREAT BUY

    Written By MARIO, NEW YORK on Tuesday, October 07, 2008
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    The system works fantastic, has great features. manual a little poor on some features. I get an incredible sound out of factory speakers. The instalation took me all 10 minutes thanks to all the parts included free from crutchfield. I'm really happy with the new receiver.
    thanks crutchfield.
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood: Still Great 25 Years Later!

    Written By Lee, Hatboro, PA on Tuesday, October 07, 2008
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    I usually don't write reviews, but I love this receiver so much I wanted to try to help others. I brought my first Kenwood car radio 25 years ago!
    Anyway, enough nostalgia. At this price, The X492 was a GREAT buy, especially considering that included shipping, mounting kit, and wiring harness adapters! I love the front USB port and the gorgeous blue lighting and alpha-numeric display. Once you adapt to Kenwood's file system, you
    can load all your music onto a flash drive, and using M.Jog, look through all your tunes with the song and album name displayed on the radio display, all with no iPod!
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    3 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X492

    Written By Marvin, Kan. HI. on Thursday, October 02, 2008
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    Installation was a breeze. Operation and setup was a little difficult for me. Setting things like the clock or finding AM and FM stations is not intuitive. How would anyone know that the control knob must be pushed upward for FM stations and Downward for Am? It should be a labeled button or cycle through the input button. The CD, Aux and USB ports are pretty straight forward.
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    5 out of 5

    Good value

    Written By JTFM, Long Valley, NJ on Saturday, September 27, 2008
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    I installed this in my 2003 Accord when the factory unit died. Used the factory adapter. I love the USB input and the sound is great. Only drawback so far is the poor documentation, which I am still trying to figure out. Just figuring out how to set the clock requires a lot of study.
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    5 out of 5

    Works with Bose!

    Written By Bill, Middletown, MD on Saturday, September 20, 2008
     
    If you have a VW or Audi with a factory Bose system, this head unit is compatible and will work with the existing Bose amp and speakers. You do not need to rip out factory speakers and bypass the amp. The cable harness adapter that comes with the Crutchfield installation kit is plug-n-play with the factory wiring. No separate power or ground connections. Just wire the radio's harness to the adapter harness and go!

    Now, the head unit requires that you get the right setting for the best sound (big surprise). That means selecting OEM for Speakers and probably
    Rock for the predefined equalizer setting (read the manual, you'll understand what I am talking about). This unit lets you define your speakers for both aftermarket and factory speakers.

    I haven't tried the iPod adapter, but USB memory sticks work great. I'm sure the satellite or HD radio adapters would work great too. I put this in my '99 Audi A4 and wished I had discovered it when I replaced the factory radio in my '04 Audi TT with my Alpine unit--I would have saved a lot of time and money.
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    4 out of 5

    Iphone works fine

    Written By bikedork, Mpls, on Saturday, September 20, 2008
     
    For those who are trying to figure out the compatibility of this with the Iphone, it works just fine. The only annoying thing is that the Iphone asks if you want to place it in airplane mode when you first plug it in. I haven't had time to figure out if there is a work around for that. The head unit displays the contents of the Iphone, and there are ways to locate songs versus albums, although the menu system isn't intuitive.

    This replaced my OEM Monsoon unit on a VW Jetta 2002. The sound controls are much nicer than the Monsoon; the electronic pots on the sound and tone controls were not fine enough for my tastes, and the
    Kenwood adds some life in this pretty dismal OEM speaker system. Stock CD changers do not work with this unit, but I stopped loading up 6 CDs in the trunk a while ago. The only thing that I will miss is the better button design of the Monsoon. You could feel your way around that radio without taking your eyes off the road. Not possible with the Kenwood without a lot of experience.

    Crutchfield installation had two issues. First, the screws to assemble the pocket for the upper DIN area do not work. I ended up gluing the thing together and drilling out some of the plastic so the screws would hold. More critically, Crutchfield omitted any mention of making sure that you connected power to the antenna. FM will probably work okay, but AM needs the amplified antenna. Major oversight, in my opinion.

    Looking forward to my next road trip now.
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    5 out of 5

    Wonderful unit

    Written By George, Honolulu, HI on Friday, September 19, 2008
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    Someone stole my car stereo from my truck in February of this year. I was
    driving without music for quite a while. I read the reviews about this unit
    and called Crutchfield and ordered it. The service guy Ziggy was very
    knowledgeable and friendly. I installed the receiver and I was totally
    pleased to have music in my truck again. It hooks up with my Ipod and
    USD card. I love it. The only drawback for me is getting to learn all the
    settings. I'm sure it's just me because I'm not used to all this new age
    stuff. All in all I am very pleased with this receiver. I recently added an
    Infinity Basslink and I enjoy the ride more and more.
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X492

    Written By Phillip, Joliet, IL on Tuesday, September 16, 2008
     
    Got this unit because it had all the features I wanted. AUX, USB, preamp outputs, and remote control. I wonder how long it is going to be before they eliminate the CD from these units. It works great with my USB, and it can hold a lot more than a CD can. I'm a little disappointed with the way you access the menu options through the knob. I'm getting used to it, but it doesn't seem very logical.

    I had thought that the "high" wattage receiver would be enough for my van, but I'm leaning towards picking up a 2 channel amp. I got 6 new speakers, 4 6x9 and 2 6 1/2". It gets sort of loud, but it just doesn't seem to have that "punch" to it. It would probably be more than adequate for a car or truck with a smaller interior. If I had known, I would probably have gotten a cheaper unit and spent the money on the amp to being with.

    Installation was super easy with the instructions provided by Crutchfield.

    Overall, I think the receiver is a really good unit. Just takes some getting used to.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X492

    Written By Jason, Castle Rock, CO on Tuesday, September 16, 2008
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    I have owned Kenwood, Denon, & Alpine car sterios in the past.

    I spent a couple weeks researching online and in shops. Yeah, if you got money to burn, get whatever highest end system you choose, but for the budget-friendly, you gotta research your options.
    For the money, this is, by far the best unit out there for me. It has all the features of expansion that I want as well.
    It arrived fast and was very easy to install with Crutchfield's instructions. It is easy to use and the Aux & USB ports on the front are well placed.

    This has gotta be the biggest "bang for your buck". And it Rocks.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X492

    Written By Kevin, Hoschton, GA on Sunday, September 14, 2008
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    Bought it as a replacement for my son's 2002 Mustang with the MACH 460 sound system. This unit is many times better than the OEM. Incredible sound using stock speakers. Does take a while to figure out the settings. Keep the manual handy. The remote is a blessing when driving.

    Took about 2 hours and 1 call to customer service to clarify before I soldered wires. Price is the same as a local store BUT the wire harness and dash kit are included for free. I will not go anywhere else but Crutchfield for car audio. Just being able to call for help is worth it. They know what there doing.
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    5 out of 5

    Another Home Run

    Written By fhopper, Wichita KS on Thursday, September 11, 2008
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    This is my second Kenwood receiver and I could not be more pleased. The USB port is genius and moving the AUX in next to it is a huge improvement. One seemingly silly, but important to me, thing is the clock function. Factory radios have clocks that are on pretty much all of the time and Kenwood is one of the few companies that has a readable persistent clock display. My only grip is the poor documentation that Kenwood provides.
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    5 out of 5

    Great feature set for the price

    Written By Mike, Harrisburg, PA on Sunday, September 07, 2008
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    I used to use strictly Pioneer products until I bought a car that already had a Kenwood in it. That thing sounded great so I made the switch to save a few bucks and get a few sweet additional features.

    For me, the FRONT USB design is so superior to having a rear-mount USB with extension cable. I'm not a part of the Apple/iPod clique so I'm glad it functions well with a normal USB mp3 player, too.

    Not to mention, how cool is it that you can play through the AUX port in one zone of the car and play a CD/USB/AM/FM through the other zone? I can crank up Baby Mozart in the back and some jazz/reggae/metal/whatever up front. Nice feature.

    The instructions are poorly written but I won't knock it for that.

    The sound shaping on my mp3s is really good. I rip at mostly 192vbr and they sound as good as a CD (at least in my car...I've only got mid-grade Polk speakers.) The CDs sound excellent, the remote works well, the quality and feel is superb, and it was definitely worth the money.

    All in all, it's a better product than the price would lead you to believe. And Crutchfield got it to me in 1 day! WOW!!!
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    4 out of 5

    Don't be fooled by other reviews, this unit rocks for Ipods

    Written By Ryan, Reno, NV on Thursday, September 04, 2008
     
    I bought this head unit after researching different units with USB ports on the front. I wanted a HU that could integrate with my new Iphone 3G by charging it and playing music from it. Iam glad that I bought this unit because it does exactly what I need it to. I rather control my music from the phone itself (touchscreen), and can still do this by plugging in through AUX. Do not listen to the other reviews, this HU DOES work with ipods and iphones. It just probably does not work with older ipods. I am in love with the USB drive- I can plug in my iphone and listen to streaming radio from the internet or 3G network. No need for sattelite radio!

    The sound quality is great for compressed music files. The only annoying thing is that when browsing files on a USB flash drive, the names of the artists do not show up- just folder names. If you are like me and just like to shuffle your music collection, this shouldnt be a problem. The install was sooo simple and I didn't even have to use the instructions. Others complain about the difficulty or learning curve of the HU. Yes, you will have to read the manual! If you know how to read, you will know how to use the HU in 15 minutes.

    This is my first Kenwood product and probably not my last.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Sound at a great price!

    Written By Warren, Cleveland, OH on Monday, September 01, 2008
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    I purchased this HU for my teenage daughter's Hyundai Elantra. The installation was very easy and the sound is excellent! I purchased this HU mainly because of the USB port. My daughter has a MP3 player that can plug directly into the USB port. The HU will then take control of the MP3 player and charge the battery as well. The problem is that the MP3 player has about 120 files and in order to get to file #115 you need to toggle through all of the previous 114 files to play that music. So, sorry to say, she doesn't use the USB port; she uses the AUX jack and utilizes the direct access to the artist on the MP3 player.

    Also, I agree that the instructions are very difficult to understand. Otherwise, this unit is a great deal for the money.
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    3 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X492

    Written By Roger, Ocala, Fl on Sunday, August 31, 2008
     
    I bought this radio thinking it would be a agood replacement for my alpine deck, but there is a big difference in the quality of the sound. I didn't like how you had to put the volume up to 27or 28 to get the sound i got out of my alpine at 17 or 18. The radio is good for the price, but if you want better sound get one thats a little more expensive.
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    1 out of 5

    DOES NOT WORK WITH IPOD MINI

    Written By paul, CT on Thursday, August 28, 2008
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    Do not bother purchasing this product. It will not work with Ipods unless you purchase a special cable, and it does not work at all with Ipod Mini. Also, the tuner has poor reception and sound quality. The only halfway decent function on it is the CD player, but it does not justify the purchase. This will be my last Kenwood purchase.
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    4 out of 5

    Pioneer guy makes the switch and very happy!

    Written By JesseJames31, Ohio on Wednesday, August 27, 2008
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    Very nice deck! I am coming from a Pioneer, which is ranked as one of the best decks on the market. Well I was trying to get out of the car audio game and at that time I sold the deck for more than I paid for this BNIB, lol! That deck was too much. I like the simplicity of decks with good voltage and easy to use and this fit the bill perfect! Took me all of 15 minutes to install it and 5 minutes to set it up. Throws off good sound, but I am sure that is due to my sweet componet set I have. I recommend this deck to any novice or anyone really. Has 3-4volt pre-outs, which is nice and all the options I will ever need. Love the fact of the direct connect iPod. Just plug it in with USB cord and bingo, bango! I also have the option to get BT,HDradio or XM/Sirius. Doubt I will, but is nice to know they are compatiable. Also love the free dash kit, wire harness and what not that comes for free. I needed all of that and if not probably would have went to a different site. Still won't get the top notch Customer Service from Crutchfield though, nor how fast they ship and you get it. Crutchfield is in a leauge of their own....still!

    Thanks guys for an awesome deck! Oh yeah, only reason it didn't get 5 stars is due to the bright lights, which I am getting used too and the remote has to be right on it to work. That is the only 2 things I can think of. Peace!
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    5 out of 5

    Great stereo for the price

    Written By Seth, Shenandoah, IA on Tuesday, August 26, 2008
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    I don't know about anyone else, but I really like the multi-jog knob, now that I'm used to it. I know exactly where it is, and I can perform a variety
    of functions without having to look down at the stereo. The sound is superb, clean and strong, I love the customization options on the equalizer
    and crossovers, and it delivers plenty of power without distortion. CD play is skip-free, radio reception is excellent -- which is important out here in the sticks. Installation, as always, was a breeze with Crutchfield's adapters and instructions.
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X492

    Written By jk, Haymarket, VA on Monday, August 25, 2008
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    Great Stereo for a new or old car. Installation was a snap and sound quality is great bang for the buck. I will second the earlier reviews about learning all the comands. prepare to read the manual guys.
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    4 out of 5

    A good starter head unit.

    Written By Ryan, Robbinsville, NJ on Saturday, August 23, 2008
     
    I am mostly pleased with this unit. It looks good. The lights are bright but I like it that way. The sound is great. I have stock speakers and this unit breathed new life into them. I'ts not just loud but the sound is fuller as well. The front USB port is nice. No need to run extra cables, just plug my USB stick into the front and away I go. My biggest gripe is navigating the MP3 files. The files are listed by number rather than title, however the title will show after it starts playing if you choose that option. Which brings be to another problem. In order to see the clock you need to choose clock from the menu and thats all you will see. If you want to view the song title/artist thats all you will see, etc. In order to see the time you need to change menu settings rather than pushing a clock button. When you power the unit off, it's off, no time display or anything. OK last gripe, if your MP3 folder has more than 9 files the player reads the first number to find the order, eg. 1,10,11,2,3,4,5,6. It plays in that order. Besides these issues it's a great unit. The sound rocks and it looks real nice. It plays many file types and cd-r. There is a pause button which comes in handy when ordering at the drive through. It even remembers where you left off on a disc or USB stick, provided you haven't changed the files since last played them. This is my first after market unit and I'm happy with it. It's a great deal for the price.
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    4 out of 5

    Good, solid choice for a receiver under $200

    Written By george, Mountain View, CA on Friday, August 15, 2008
     
    I bought this receiver for my 08' Jeep Patriot to fully take advantage of my new Infinity Kapaa speakers(highly recommened).
    Why did I choose this receiver?
    Great customer rating, suggested to me by a Crutchfield Advisor, and within my budget. I didn't want a boring bare bones receiver, but I didn't want something as flashy and expensive as the Alpine IPOD receivers so I settled on this Kenwood.
    It wasn't too hard to install, but it did take me about 3 1/2 hours to complete. It was my first time installing car audio gear, so I was worried about scratching my dashboard or screwing something up. I took it slow and one step at a time. I briefly called Crutchfield support twice for help with the XM radio accessory. They were extremely helpful and friendly. The adapters and mount supplied by Crutchfield gives my new system a professional look that one would expect from the local car stereo shop at a fraction of the price. The features of this receiver are outstanding. IPOD integration is good, not great, but as long as you don't have too many songs on yours (I have 12,000) it's fine. The actual sound quality is superb. With the Infinity speakers, my system sounds like a thousand bucks, not the $400 I actually spent.
    The only reason I gave this receiver 4/5 is due its complicated operation. I'm sure I'll get used to it, but so far I've consulted the operating manual numerous times to figure out how to do basic tasks.
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    1 out of 5

    Poorly designed/Confusing instructions!!!

    Written By adaptu, Bloomington, IL on Friday, August 15, 2008
     
    First, extremely satisfied with Crutchfield's service and instructions. The unit
    was a breeze to install. After that everything goes downhill. This is the
    most poorly designed stereo I've ever owned, and have had many. The
    control knob controls everything under the sun, and one little bump
    destroys all of your settings. And, if you think you'll refer to the manual to
    set or correct something, forget it! The manual doesn't even cover half of
    what is included on the unit, including how to get the clock to display. It
    only tells you how to set the time, not even how to find the clock. While the
    sound is good, I think there's too many design flaws and wish I had
    purchased something else.
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    4 out of 5

    Nice Product, instructions need work

    Written By James, Everett, WA on Thursday, August 14, 2008
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    I purchased the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X492 CD receiver to replace the factory stereo on my 2007 Sonata. I wanted better sound, and the ability to use an IPOD, or other media. The receiver excels in sound and the IPOD sounds good. The unit promises full control of the IPOD, but so far it only displays the songs being played (although I have not fully explored all the options), and allows you to select songs by "Toggling" the control knob. Installation would have been quick except I also purchased a Steering wheel adapter. Be aware that the wires must be spliced, and the programming takes patience. I called Crutchfield twice for help.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Product

    Written By Jerry, Ellis Grove, Il on Wednesday, August 13, 2008
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    Again, Crutchfield fits the bill. Did alot of research on the web site and reading the reviews really helped me decide what was the best choice for me. I am a Pioneer fan and wanted to mix it up with this one. This is my first Kenwood and will not be my last, for the price and features you cant beat it. I have an ipod and I always used a frequency mod or a aux cable, it just doesn't work that well, so I went usb this time and I am very pleased, my car sounds real good and didn't put a lot of money in it. Called Crutchfield on a sunday and had my equipment on Wednesday, just can't beat it. It took about an hour to install the unit into my 2005 focus. Hats off to sales and engineering for getting me what I needed and even listing the bolt size for the dash, can't be any easier to install yourself. Crutchfield why go anywhere else, one stop shop.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X492

    Written By ARYankee, Benton, AR on Saturday, August 09, 2008
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    I was worried at first on getting this unit because I've mainly stuck with Pioneer but I'm very pleased with this purchase. The install in my 96 S-10 was easy.

    Crutchfield did great with the instructions. The manual for the unit is a little tricky but I think it's mainly because I'm not used to the setup of it and the unit. Great unit for the price. I highly recommend it.
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    4 out of 5

    Paul's 2007 RAV4

    Written By pakong, Newport News, VA on Thursday, July 24, 2008
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    Sound quality and installation excellent. I have owned Excelons in the past but this owner's manual is poorly written and laid out. Luckily, once you've learned one Excelon the basic operation is all the same. My auxiliary equipment is HD Radio (Kenwood KTC-HR200) and Bluetooth (Kenwood KCA-BT200). The HD Radio greatly improves sound quality of the stock radio but is not as good as the older HD Radio units. My wife has a HD Radio unit from 2005 and it has better reception. The Bluetooth is a little flaky. A few times it did not connect to my Verizon Samsung SCH-A930. Only 4 stars Because of the display and M.JOG.
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    4 out of 5

    Alright I guess

    Written By anthonyvon, Seattle, WA on Tuesday, July 22, 2008
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    For 2006 Nissan Frontier the install was laughably simple. However DO
    NOT allow the negative battery terminal to be connected while the
    passenger seat SRS Airbag light connector is unattached from the dash
    panel that you need to remove. This is not explicitly stated in the step-by-
    step instructions but I think it should be. If you do this it will trigger a fault
    and the airbag warning light will blink. Owners manual says this requires
    an immediate trip to the dealer to "fix" this "problem" ($$). But don't
    despair!! Do a search on Crutchfields site (Interactive Support Center) for
    some tips that will immediately put a smile on your face. As far as
    performance, I am a bit surprised and disappointed that I do not hear that
    much improvement through stock speakers versus the base model stock
    AM/FM/CD. I wouldn't say it sounds better, just different. My primary
    objective was to get the I/O options that were completely missing from the
    stock stereo, as well as the ability to play more than just WAV files on CD.
    For that & the expand-ability I believe this unit is a great deal and I am
    happy with it. Now I just need to read that manual about 10 times...
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome Head Unit!!!

    Written By Jacob, Olympia, KY on Wednesday, July 09, 2008
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    This is one of of the best HU out there. $170 is a real steal!! Many people said that the menu was complicated to use but I thought it was rather
    simple. I just bought my first car about three months ago. It already had a descent Sony HU and four descent Sony speakers, but I wanted omething
    more. I researched for about 3 months, I didn't want to spend more than $200 but I wanted it to be nice. This HU is 10 times better than the Sony
    that was in it. The Sony Speakers sound pretty good on it but I ordered 4 new Alpine SPS-600s and I can't wait to hear the sound quality of this HU.
    I have never put in a HU so I was kind of skeptical about putting it in myself. The whole installation was a breeze and it took me about 1 hour to
    install everything. I didn't know what dual-zone listening was but it is awesome. You can hardly even hear the rear speakers from the front. You
    will not be disappointed if you buy this HU. I love it!!!!
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    5 out of 5

    AWESOME DECK!!!

    Written By Jeffry, Bonaire, GA on Monday, July 07, 2008
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    Best bang for your buck!!! The USB port is so easy to use and greatly reduces the clutter of having CD's everywhere. The sound shaping quality of this deck is a definate plus. One of my favorite features is the "on-the-fly" sub adjustment. Quit shopping and just buy this deck!!! You won't be disappointed!
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Value

    Written By christopher, Santa Cruz, CA on Wednesday, July 02, 2008
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    This stereo is perfect for the money. Easy interface with ipod, though the older ipods do not work in the usb connection. This has enough power to power the infinity speakers I purchased with it. All in all sounds great, easy to use. The info crutchfield sends could teach a monkey how to install. Thanks
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    4 out of 5

    Great Sound Easy Install

    Written By Anonymous, Glendale, Wi on Wednesday, July 02, 2008
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    I installed this in my 2006 Rav4 and the difference in sound quality was
    amazing. The haze from the speakers was gone and everything else was
    crisp and clear.
    The adapter from Crutchfield fit the odd sized Dashboard opening like a
    glove. The installation instructions and wiring harness provided made this
    an easy installation. Now the head unit performs well and has plenty of
    options, Ipod connectivity, USB port and equalization curves.
    The cons of the unit are minor, bright sunlight makes it impossible to read
    the LED display, and the blue illumination is very bright at night. My main
    complaint is with the manual provided by Kenwood. It is poorly written and
    at times references back to the Kenwood website for additional information
    that is no longer there. Great value, just have patience when learning how
    to operate the unit.
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    4 out of 5

    Great OEM replacement with minor flaws

    Written By Wes, Owensboro, KY on Saturday, June 28, 2008
     
    I purchased my first Car CD Head unit in 1996. It was a bare bones, bottom rack Kenwood model with very few features; but it had great sound quality.

    Fast forward 12 years and I just had the Kenwood KDC-X492 installed in my 2006 Grand Prix. I upgraded the OEM speakers in all four corners as well, so my review on the head unit's sound quality might be a little tainted by that. The first thing I noticed was that the price on this equipment has been reduced drastically in 12 years. This unit cost 100 dollars less than that bare-bones model I purchased in 96 and has a world of features.

    The improvement in sound quality is unbelievable. I listen to a wide variety of music from heavy metal to country to Southern Gospel quartets and this model reproduces them all with astounding clarity. My second job requires me to transport a lot of teenagers and this head unit reproduces their rap music well also.

    Two minor flaws one of which has been covered in great detail in these reviews:

    1) The inability to easily cycle the clock/source info on the display

    2) The rotary knob on the front panel feels flimsy and cheap. I tested similar models by Pioneer, Alpine, and JVC on the dealer's board and had similar results. I have large hands and I guess I'm going to have to master the remote because I am literally afraid I will break it.

    Overall, a great improvement for a reasonable price.
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X492

    Written By jbrown32, Orlando, FL on Saturday, June 28, 2008
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    I installed my Kenwood Excelon KDC-X492 two weeks ago. I have been very pleased with the performance and features of the receiver. I also installed a XM radio unit at the same time. Everything works as advertised and installation was easy since Crutchfield made sure I had everytihing I needed. I would recommend this receiver. My only complaint and the reason I gave it four stars is the complicated menu system. Be patient and read the manual. All features are in there, it just takes time to find them.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Deal and Product

    Written By Jeff, Elyria, OH on Saturday, June 21, 2008
     
    I am so glad I bought this. A friend steered me towards Crutchfield and this unit. Sound is great. Only down side is the operation of the unit takes a while to learn and get used to. After two weeks I still have to keep the manual in the glove box. What really helped was Crutchfield's installation instructions and accessories. I'm not the handiest guy and was apprehensive about doing it my self but it only took 1-1.5 hours and fir great and sounds great. Thanks Kenwood and thanks Crutchfield.
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X492

    Written By Greg, Tennessee on Friday, June 20, 2008
     
    Radio is pretty good, only complaint is that you can't have the titles and the clock up at the same time. Sounds tons better with the factory speakers and the USB port is great, can have all my CDs at the with 1 device.
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    3 out of 5

    Issues

    Written By snextime, Brookfield, Wisconsin on Saturday, June 14, 2008
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    Radio is OK but I have issues with the programming of the unit by Kenwood.

    I am on my 2nd unit right now because I thought my 1st unit was broken but I can see it wasn't broken it is just the way Kenwood programed the radios software and I am not happy with how this unit operates. It seems to loose ability to read or remember what is on the MP3 disc at times. Sometimes it is flawless and other times I just have to pop the face off and put it back on to get the radio to read what songs are on my MP3 disc.

    I have another MP3 disc player and the same disc I use in my Kenwood works flawlessly in my other MP3 disc player.
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    5 out of 5

    Nice head unit

    Written By steven, Chandler AZ on Saturday, June 14, 2008
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    I have been a sony guy, but decided to try the Kenwood in my 96 BMW Z3.
    I love it. The sound of this unit is fantastic, and fills the cabin of the vehicle
    perfectly.
    I also want to thank the crutchfild support team. I ran into a small power
    problem with this unit for my vehicle, one call and in 5-10 minutes the unit
    was up and running. You guys are great!
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    5 out of 5

    You will not go WRONG!!

    Written By PrynceAl, Jax,Fl Da Bang "Em- Duuuval on Saturday, June 07, 2008
     
    I thought I needed to spend about $400 for a good head unit that had a USB port and an AUX port, I was dead wrong. I used to be a Pioneer man (I don't take anything from them) but since I entered the world of Kenwood ain no turnin' back. The KDCX492 is a beast all alone I have this unit installed in a 03 Honda Accord (by the way Crutchfield sent me a free adapter kit for the cubby hole under the fctry stereo) with Pioneer component spkrs and this unit makes these spkrs sound like they already have an amp on them. Its kinda crazy!! I purchased the KAC9104D (500WRMS) and one KFCW3011 12" sub I haven't installed it yet but I'm sure the system is finna' go to another Kenwood level- I use a 1G flash drive it only holds 16 Cds but thats good enough for me I just swap the albums anyway thru my laptop__I'll never put another CD in my car again its HDD or nothin'...Crutchfield n' Kenwood yal got my vote!!!
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    4 out of 5

    Great replacement to OEM Bose system

    Written By Bryan, Olathe, KS on Friday, June 06, 2008
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    This replaced my OEM Bose/Clarion unit in an 03 Maxima. Works great and makes the factory speakers sound better than the OEM unit. BUT the antenna seems to be weaker, I can't get AM stations as good and some of the FM's are weaker.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X492

    Written By twnboarder, ND on Monday, June 02, 2008
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    After I installed my
    first kenwood deck
    about 5 years ago, I
    never went back.
    I've always liked
    their quality as
    well as the features
    they come with. My
    wife actually
    purchased this deck
    because she wanted
    something that was
    inexpensive but
    would work with her
    zune. In looking
    around I couldn't
    find a better deck
    for a better price,
    with all of the
    features. I love
    being able to throw
    a bunch of mp3's on
    a usb zip drive and
    just plug it right
    into the front of
    the deck and go. I
    think this is the
    cheapest deck I've
    ever purchased price
    wise, but there is
    nothing cheap about
    the deck itself.
    Top notch, great
    controls, great
    sound, and great
    features.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X492

    Written By outlaw2311, Great Falls, VA on Monday, May 26, 2008
     
    This deck was very easy to install in my 2000 Ford Crown Vic Police Interceptor. It was my first attempt at installing anything into a vehicle and what a breeze this was thanks to the master sheet provided by Crutchfield. My only complaints are the all or nothing feature of the clock and that the display is unreadable when the sun is on it. but the functionality, ease of use and numerous functions of this receiver are well worth the cost.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    BEST CD PLAYER FOR UNDER 200 BUCKS

    Written By Brian, STEVENSVILLE MD,21666 on Sunday, May 25, 2008
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    okay i was looking for a head unit not exceeding 200.00. it was a toss up
    between alpine and kenwood. i ordered kenwood subs from crutchfield and
    already installed kenwood 6x9s so i went with kenwood. great choice.
    kenwood is great quality, great sound all day, i replaced all the speakers in
    my car before the headunit, i replaced the head unit with this one and omg
    i finally notice the difference, clarity, quality, volume all around perfect
    headunit with ipod out puts on the front and it looks great. so its money
    well spent, i love this cd player and wood recomend it to anyone!!
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    4 out of 5

    Solid

    Written By Tom, Ann Arbor, MI on Thursday, May 22, 2008
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    This unit was a breeze to install, crutchfield support was awesome and the
    included wire adapters were a perfect fit! This reciever looks great and
    seems to be built pretty well. This is replacing my old Blaupunkt Seattle
    MP74 in my 1998 VW Passat. The sound quality doesn't stand up to
    Blaupunkt at all, but this unit seems like it will last much longer than my
    Seattle, which has had many MANY problems with the motorized faceplate.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Unit

    Written By Liam, NJ on Wednesday, May 07, 2008
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    This is a great head unit, looks very smooth and simple on the outside, but
    once you get into it you'll find out there are many avaliable options. Also an
    AUX and USB in the front panel which makes it real easy for me to use my
    iPod. For anyone who's wondering, iPod control is pretty good, I use it and
    its very simple but effective. This head unit itself with stock speakers and
    no subwoofer or anything, made an unexpected and incredible change. I
    recommend this unit to basically anyone. Enjoy!
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    The Best Value overall

    Written By Jed, Charlotte, NC on Wednesday, May 07, 2008
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    I installed this unit about three weeks ago in my 01 Mustang and it sounds fantastic. Punchier, cleaner and clearer than the original Mach 460 unit.

    I wanted a head unit that had a USB port on the front. I'm using an 8gb flash drive. I've got tons of music on it. 30 albums and countless single AAC/MP3s. And it's only half full.

    Intallation: Pretty easy. Took 2 hours. One thing, I had conflicting advice on connecting the dimmer (Mustang owners: it's orange to orange/white. The orange/brown wire goes unused.)

    After installing, it did require some tweaking. This is possibly because of the mach 460 speaker config in my Mustang. The sound was very boxy at first, until I designated the speaker size and some crossover points. Then, boom! My system came to life.
    Cons:
    The lighted ring around the volume/control knob is bright! It does not dim with the display and is VERY distracting at night. It hurts my eyes. SOLUTION: I cut a small donut-shaped piece of black paper and set it over the knob to cover the light. It fit quite well and doesn't look junky. I wish I didn't have to do that.

    Also, the unit only displays one set of information at a time. I prefer to have it set to show the clock, but then I don't get any song/file/station information until a new song begins to play. It would be nice if the information toggled every, say, 15 seconds.

    All in all, this is a great unit for the price. Sounds great, easy to install and is very affordable. Highly recommended.
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    5 out of 5

    amazed

    Written By Donald, new mexico on Wednesday, May 07, 2008
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    just finished installing it sounds great easy to use lots of features for the
    price. The usb port is great i use it with my MP3 player it scrolls the info
    across the display. this unit is a great buy for the price built in crossovers
    really clean up the sound subwoofer settings are great let you adjust how
    much bass you want to hear and feel .
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X492

    Written By David, Washington on Monday, May 05, 2008
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    Overall this is a good deck with many included features. The biggest con of the deck is that the blue lights on the deck are very bright. At night the bright blue lights around the deck are very distracting. If you drive a lot at night, I would not buy this deck.
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    5 out of 5

    Feature-rich with Kenwood Quality

    Written By matt, Palestine, IL on Tuesday, April 29, 2008
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    This receiver has everything a digital music enthusiast could ask for.
    USB (fat32 file systems)
    CD with mp3-read capability
    & Aux-in (which I'll likely never use)

    The receiver works great DIRECTLY connected to my E240 and any fat32 file system device (2gb jump drive) via usb. This is not just for iPod players...it will navigate through ANY fat32 device. I'm in the process of putting a 30GB hard-drive under my seat...I just need to finish building the 5v/12v powersupply for it.

    Another necessary feature is the frequency cross-over capabilities for the front and rear speakers (seperately ie. front 6-1/2's @ 150hz and rear 6x9's @ 100hz) and subwoofer. No in-line filters or electronic cross-over necessary.

    Sound quality is fantastic with preset or custom EQ.

    My ONLY complaint is the clock. It's nearly all or nothing if you want to use the clock...as in...if you want the clock displayed then you won't be able to see the track info...or IDE3 tag info when playing an MP3 unless you pause the song for a moment. It's a minor nuisance.

    At $170.00 with everything needed to mount included, this is a GREAT buy. I did a lot of homework before picking it up and I'd do it again. It is VERY EASY to install with Crutchfield's included instructions geared for your specific vehicle.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X492 Just Installed

    Written By Randall, Baton Rouge Louisiana on Monday, April 28, 2008
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    I just installed this CD receiver in my 2001 Honda Prelude Type SH. I
    purchase all of my
    audio components from Crutchfield and will continue to do so as long as
    they are in business. The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X492 has awesome
    sound, easy to operate. The folks at Crutchfield are very helpful. I replaced
    my original factory radio with easy to follow instructions from Crutchfield.
    They even helped me with the wiring from an amp that was purchased
    a couple of years ago. Great Products and support for the do-it-yourselfer.
    Thanks once again. ~Randall
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    5 out of 5

    WOW!

    Written By Nathan, Twin Cities, MN on Wednesday, April 23, 2008
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    I bought this to
    replace my old Sony
    HU in my Mustang,
    and it made a world
    of difference. It
    sounds amazing! I
    have a four channel
    amp hooked up to an
    Infinity sub, and my
    Infinity door
    speakers, and I can
    control the sub
    without messing with
    the speakers. I
    couldn't do that
    with the Sony! Also,
    don't go
    cheap. The extra
    1.5V is worth it! I
    also really like
    being able to carry
    all my songs with me
    on my USB. I just
    clip it off of my
    key chain and plug
    it in. The one
    downside of the USB
    jack is not being
    able to randomly
    play all the songs,
    but only the ones in
    a certain file.
    The only other
    downside is the
    display is
    impossible to read
    in the sun. And the
    display is purple
    when not lit. The
    trim also has a
    shiny finish, which
    sorta clashes with
    my interior, but I
    don't really care.
    The sound quality
    definitely makes up
    for it! In summary,
    if you love to
    listen to music, BUY
    IT!
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X492

    Written By Vince, Grand Portage, MN on Tuesday, April 22, 2008
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    Excellent value for money. Great installation instructions. I saved a fortune by installing it myself. I purchased it specifically for the front mounted USB and Aux in ports. My first Kenwood product but definately, not my last.
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    5 out of 5

    kdc-x492

    Written By steve, yorktown, va on Saturday, April 19, 2008
     
    For the price, I think the multiple sound adjustments are great. I like being
    able to adjust the mids separate from the highs, very nice. Sub control is
    nice, and you can also adjust frequencies. 4volt pre-out is good too. The
    only negatives for me are not having the option of rear aux/usb and the
    control knob sticks out just too far for the stereo lid to shut on my scion tc
    (but that's not kenwood's fault, i just have to pop the knob off if I want to
    shut lid with faceplate in place). One more thing, the dimming and off
    feature for the display is great, but wish the other lights would dim or go
    off, they're pretty bright. Overall very happy with unit.
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    4 out of 5

    Great CD Receiver but,

    Written By william, Tennessee on Thursday, April 17, 2008
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    The only bad thing about this player is that you cannot read and use the
    remote
    when the sun hits it .Other than that, it works great.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X492

    Written By James, Lakedallas, TX on Monday, April 14, 2008
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    Great head unit,easy to use,lots of great features.
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    5 out of 5

    Fabulous product

    Written By Daniel, Fort Myers, FL on Sunday, April 13, 2008
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    Although I would prefer the AUX and USB inputs to be in the rear this product definately fits the bill with me. There is no problem whatsoever with this reciever. The sound is crisp and rivals some of the expensive recievers. Easy to use as well!
    My experience with this product and Crutchfield has been a great one! I got the product in 3 days and installed the product, with no experience mind you, in about an hour. It came with every tool needed at no cost which was a big plus.
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    5 out of 5

    Hyundai Sante Fe install

    Written By no, Liberty, NY on Sunday, April 13, 2008
     
    This is the first Kenwood I have ever owned. I replaced the factory Monsoon stereo with this unit and I was happily not disapointed. The stereo is excellent and added a level of adjustability that I realy needed to have for my system. The only downfall I found, was the operating instructions, were unclear. Other than that I would recommend this stereo to anyone.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Value

    Written By Mark, Forest Hill, MD on Friday, April 11, 2008
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    A very good car stereo for the money. The sound is very clean at all power levels. There are many features though they are not always intuitive to use. The power output of this unit is pretty good without an amp. The display is good maybe a tad too bright at night for my taste.
    I love the front USB port, but I am disappointed in the random file playback. The random file playback only plays files from within the current folder which is limited to 250 files. You can have many folders with 250 files each but you have to switch folders to hear the other files. That being said I still give it 5 stars, I am happy with it. For the money it would be hard to beat. Crutchfield is the best!
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    5 out of 5

    great buy

    Written By Anthony, ohio on Monday, April 07, 2008
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    this cd player is really worth the money and probably could be sold for lots more. my only complaints are the rear mounting area and the display. the mounting area could have been made better but it works with a little elbow grease. the display is fine unless the sun htis it directly, then you cant see it at all. either way, these problems would not stop me from buying it or recommending. if you want a cd player with all the functions for a fraction of the cost, get this unit. youll love it+
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    5 out of 5

    Very Nice

    Written By Rodney, GT, KY on Monday, March 31, 2008
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    Long time Kenwood fan and this one here will not dissapoint. Excellent
    sound quality and power. All positives and no negatives here. Thanks
    Crutchfield, your delivery and free mounting and installation harware made
    this a breeze.
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    5 out of 5

    Good for the money

    Written By scott, Largo, FL on Saturday, March 29, 2008
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    This is a descent head unit for the price. The main reason we bought it was for the front inputs. It just makes it easier to attach the iPod and when it's not used there are no wires hanging out. The dial control is a bit weird but not bad. I usually buy Alpine but thought I would try this one out. Alpine menus seem a little more intuitive than this Kenwood model. This is compared to Alpine models in the same price range. Overall it is definitely worth the money, no regrets.
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    5 out of 5

    Just buy it!

    Written By eradio, Millbrook, AL on Tuesday, March 25, 2008
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    For the price you will be hard pressed to find a better deal..USB support, Satellite option, Bluetooth plus 4 Volt pre amp outs for under $200!! The deck does look a little old school, but hey, so do I:-)..It will rock your Camaro just fine...
    Crutchfiled has been awseome...just buy it already!
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon KDC-X492

    Written By Thomas, Sunrise, FL on Friday, March 21, 2008
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    I bought this as an upgrade for my '07 Focus oem unit. I was looking for cleaner sound with a subwoofer output. This fit the bill perfectly. The USB input will be used in the future but for now I play cd's and cdr's with mp3's.
    I have upgraded all 4 speakers to another Ford oem component type. These were much nicer than the orilginal, providing much clearer highs, mids and lows using the oem HU.
    The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X492 is a substantial upgrade to the oem unit. The sound is clear and detailed at all volumes. I'm still working on reducing road noise but while listening to this Kenwood the road noise fades into the background, still there but totally forgettable. I guess this is because I'm hearing all the music and not at exceptionally high volumes either. My previous setup left substantial holes in the sound at highway speeds and noise.
    The equalizer is very nice to use with it's multiple adjustments in 3 bands. I don't know if this qualifies it as a parametric equalizer or not but the net effect is this same. I do find that not using the equalizer at all, leaving everything flat, produces great music and that is my default setup. As time goes by and everything is ready, I will look for the best adjustments, if any. It's nice to have a wide range for the last bit of tuning.
    The 24 bit dacs are great. Exceptional sound reproduction.
    I give this 4 stars only because the display could be better. It doesn't take much sunlight to wash it out. I do have it hooked up to the car lights but this works only to reduce the display brightness when the headlights are on.
    This does not affect the lights around the dial and front inputs. They remain quite bright at all times, except when powered down. I actually find this useful when making adjustments at night, but some control over thse lights would be nice.
    The installation kit provided was perfect. When you add up what Crutchfield provides for free, the price is as good as anywhere on the internet or elsewhere, and you will need these items to complete your install. The fact that they take the guesswork out of the equation and you know your getting the right accessories just seals the deal.
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    5 out of 5

    Great product for a first time Kenwood Buyer!

    Written By Thomas, Florence, SC on Thursday, March 20, 2008
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    This is the first Kenwood product I've ever bought, and I am completely
    loving it. I've always had Sony headunits, and was very close to buying one
    this time as well. The biggest feature I was looking for was the front USB
    port, but the only other one I could find was a Sony, and I did not like the
    basic look it had to it. I am so glad I got this one instead, because it
    sounds better than any other unit I've ever had. The USB port works great
    with flash drives (just make sure you get a good quality drive). Haven't
    hooked up an amp or subs to it yet, but plan to in the near future. The
    knob may take some getting used to, but I always use the remote, so that
    isn't even a problem. Also, the installation was a breeze. I've never
    installed a unit before, and was putting it into a Ford Minivan, but it was no
    problem at all, the instructions and accesories that came with it made it
    simple. I fully recommend this unit. Yay for freedom from CD's! Buy an 8GB
    flash drive, put ALL your music on it and go!
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    5 out of 5

    My 7th Excelon

    Written By IGO, Las Vegas on Saturday, March 15, 2008
     
    There's nothing out there that alows a more customizable install, for the audio quality, for the buck$!
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent HU

    Written By Jeffrey, Harrisburg, PA on Saturday, March 15, 2008
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    Replaced a broken Bose headunit in my '05 Pathfinder and the sound quality is just as good, if not better than the Bose. FM stations seem to be clearer and the expandability is great. With the USB on the front I don't need a changer, just drop a few CD's on a drive and off I go. I also got the Sirius satellite with it and that works beautifully; 4 preset levels gave me more than I could even program.

    The only thing I wish it had was the option for a different color lighting. It's blue and all my other dash lights are orange. The knob is a little touchy like the other model, you might accidentally change the station if you try to use it for a different function. I'll get used to that, so I couldn't take any stars away for it.

    Just a really nice unit for the money. Oh, and the install was a piece of cake with Crutchfields instructions. I was a little concerned from other places I read about replacing a Bose system, but I figured I'd trust them and it works perfectly.